Huanuni ore processing plant nearly complete

Construction of the new 3,000 tpd ore processing plant at Bolivia’s largest tin mine is almost finished, local sources have told ITRI, although commissioning has not started. The facility at Comibol’s Huanuni mine has been built by the Chinese contractor...

Victory Mines acquires South American Tin

Victory Mines Limited shareholders have approved the acquisition of South American Tin Limited (SAT) via a share exchange deal which will be finalised in the coming weeks. SAT has 80% ownership of 8 early-stage Bolivian tin projects via its local subsidiary, which is...

Bolivian state tin operations face financial problems

Recent local press reports in Bolivia have identified various suggested solutions to the financial problems faced by the Vinto smelter and Huanuni mine. These include a merger of the two separately managed units, more government subsidies to both operations, the...

Big plans for Bolivian state tin companies

In a recent official presentation made by the Bolivian government, a review of the government’s achievements and ambitions included details of its plans to increase tin production at state enterprises. By 2025, refined tin production at the Vinto smelter is...

Colquiri mine boosts production, looks for investment

Production by Empresa Minera Colquiri (EMC), the Bolivian tin-zinc mine nationalised in June last year, has been running ahead of target recently, prompting calls for worker bonuses and extra investment. BN Americas reported that recent tin production has been 319...

Huanuni mill expansion well advanced

Bolivia’s state tin company Empresa Minera Huanuni (EMH) will triple its tin concentrate production in 2014 to 3,000 tonnes a month thanks to the construction of a new mill which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, said mining and metals minister...

Bolivian mine production increasing

Official statistics from Bolivia’s ministry of mines and metallurgy show increased production of its three main mining revenue earners – silver, zinc and tin – in the first quarter of this year. Production of tin-in-concentrates rose by 4.1% year-on-year to...

Huanuni strike over

Operations at Bolivia’s biggest tin mine, the state-run Huanuni operation, were back to normal by Saturday 25 May after the end of an 18-day strike that cost the mine at least $8-million, Reuters reported. Miners had stopped work as part of a general strike...

Strike hits Huanuni mine

Workers on strike at Bolivia’s biggest tin mine, the state-run Huanuni operation, have cost the mine US$5 million in lost output since they walked off the job on May 6, Reuters reported, quoting a government statement released last Friday. Miners at the...

Comibol production tops 10,000 tonnes

Tin production by Bolivia’s state-controlled mines in 2012 exceeded 10,000 tonnes for the first time in recent years. Official figures from the ministry of mines and metallurgy show that output of tin-in-concentrates by Comibol rose by 5.8% to 10,247 tonnes last...